Jaffe: Making the Cooperstown case for Jeff Bagwell

From SABR member Chris Jaffe at the Hardball Times on December 19, 2011:

It’s December, so for me that means it’s Hall of Fame month. Early next month, Cooperstown announces the results of the annual BBWAA election. With that in mind, last month I wrote a piece for THT, “The Cooperstown case for Tim Raines.”

This time, I’d like to make the case for another player: Jeff Bagwell.

Simply put, Bagwell was one of the most impressive offensive forces of his generation. His career was a bit too short to achieve the big, eye-catching milestones, but what he did in his prime was still impressive enough.

Last week with Raines, we looked at both peak and career value, as peak versus career is the main debate in how someone values a player’s career. Let’s do the same thing with Bagwell.

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-cooperstown-case-for-jeff-bagwell/

Originally published: December 21, 2011. Last Updated: December 21, 2011.